11 Ways to Use all of the Mint from Your Garden

If you planted mint this year, chances are it’s taking over.That’s how mint does. Try these tasty ways to preserve and use all of the mint from your garden.

Mint is delicious, but it’s an invasive plant that spreads like a weed.Mint plants shoot out “runners” underground,so if youplant it in one place, you’ll most likely see mint plants popping up all around thesurrounding area over time. That’s why gardeners recommend planting mint in containers, where you can take advantage of its fast growth without giving up your whole garden to one herb.

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Whether the mint you’re growing is intentional or a bit of a nuisance, there are lots of fun ways to put this hardy herb to work! Try some of these ways to use mint from your garden.

Ways to Use Mint

Lavender Mint Tea

1.Lavender Mint Tea

Make a single cup or a whole pitcher of this refreshing-yet-soothing tea! Lavender gives an earthy, flowery edge to this tasty tea recipe that you can sip hot or cold.

Basil-Mint Oil

2.Basil-Mint Oil

This flavorful, infused oil is lovely drizzled over pasta, as the base for a stir fry, drizzled over soup or in salad dressings. Infused oils like this one also make lovely gifts for anyone who enjoys cooking. Just include a few usage ideas along with the bottle!

Mint Extract from Crafting a Green World

3.Mint Extract

Store-bought extracts are expensive, and it’s so easy to make your own at home! The hardest part is waitingthe six weeks it needs to steep. Your mintextract will keep safely for about a year in a cool, dark place,like your pantry.

Mojito Sun Tea

4.Mojito Green Sun Tea

What can I say? Mint tea is the best! Brew up this single-serving tea in a pint jar for a healthy grab-and-go drink. It’s easy to make and so refreshing.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad from Veggies Save the Day

5. Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

There’s plenty of fresh mint in this healthy salad recipe! This is a quick-and-easy side dish or main dish that’s perfect for using the mint (and parsley!) from your garden.

Strawberry-Mint Quinoa Salad from My Darling Vegan

6. Strawberry-Mint Quinoa Salad

There is fresh mint inboth the salad proper and the lemony dressingthat goes with it. A double mint punch!

7. Coconut Mint Potato Patties

These flavorful, baked veggie patties have only four ingredients! Just mash the ingredients together, broil for a few minutes and you’re ready to eat.

Mint Mocha Cold Brew from Vegan Yack Attack

8. Mint-Mocha Cold Brew & Body Scrub

This is a drink recipe and a self-care recipe in one! Brew up some tasty, minty cold brew, then use the leftover grounds to make an energizing body scrub. Waste? What waste?

Blueberry Mint Ice Cubes from Veggies Don't Bite

9. Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Blueberry-mint ice cubes are the secret to this lemonade recipe. Once batch of cubesdoesn’t use a ton of mint, but you canmakemultiple batches to preserve some of this summer’s mint into the winter. They’d be lovelyin smoothies, too!

Salted Papaya Salad with Mint from Spabettie

10. Salted Papaya Ribbons with Lemon and Mint

A hint of sea salt brings out the sweetness of the fresh fruit in this salad that gets some brightness from a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh mint. If you’re rich with mint, go for the large serving of this refreshing salad, and double it!

Mint Ice Cubes

11. Mint Ice Cubes

No formal recipe needed for this simple mintpreservation method! Just minceup a packed 1/4 cup of mint leaves, and divide thechopped mint into thesections of a 12-cube ice tray. Fill with water, freeze, then transfer to an airtight, freezer-safe container. Your mint ice cubes will keep for around six months stored this way. Add them to your water for a littleflavor zing!

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If you planted mint this year, chances are it's taking over. That's how mint does. Try these tasty ways to preserve and use all of the mint from your garden.

Image Credits: Mint Ice Cubes with Thinkstock. All other images by recipe authors, used with permission.

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Carol S
Carol S1 months ago

I'm not a mint fan so there isn't any in my garden.

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